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Subject: You know it's gonna get Stranger
Heard this show many times and have an audience tape from back in the day. This right here is the S#%,!?t. Some reviews stated that Built To Last didn't do it for them because of Jerry's use of Midi/Horns. You gotta B-Kidding. BTL smokes here. I missed this one but knew about it before it happened. Don't regret it because I caught a lot of shows before it and afterwards. This was a great time for the Dead and the peak of Brent Mydland's career. Every song is played with such energy that even the flubs make it more interesting. Garcia rips all the way through with Brent encouraging him to take up a notch. Phil is commanding with his presence, Bobby nails every one of his tunes and the Rhythm Devils are firing on all pistons. In other words "Good Ol' Grateful Dead" just listen to the Playing in the Band and get ready to go somewhere really nice. This should be released on DVD if good quality video is in the vault. We need more video. The technology just begs for it. Could you imagine watching this on a 75" screen in 5.1 or 7.1?
Subject: Every Year
One more thing, i love reading the comments on this page every year on this date. i still hold this tix, now laminated, in my wallet, and always enjoy breaking it out to the unsuspecting person who would appreciate it. for those that were there, they understand what the this show was and meant, from an audience perspective. the audience was one that night, and that vibe was what made this show so great, and what makes me listen to it every year on this date. The boys played great, but the hampton audience on that particular night 23 years ago was what stands out in my memory. Not so sure I have since experienced anything like it
No intro needed for this one - THE show of the 1980s decade.
1st set - Brent had a few really great songs and a handful of dorky ones. We Can Run is one of the dorky ones. Rest of the set is absolute solid gold, as good as it gets. Stranger, Rooster, one is as good as another.
2nd set - Words cannot suffice. A masterpiece. However, the band does lose its way post-Jude, trying to make something out of Throwing Stones at the end - they really do give it the ol' college try, though, and then Good Lovin' has an exasperated Jerry trying to figure out what to do lyrically as the song rounds its final bend - check out the video on youtube, it's a scream.
Garnet Gladiolas -
Subject: Built to Last!!!!
I got my first Built to Last!!!! Kidding...The song sucks.
Lord Happy -
Subject: One For My Son
There just aren't any other words I could write to express anything different from the glowing sentiments of all the other reviewers. I tend to rate shows based on whether I'd require...heh...my son to listen to it. This is undoubtedly One For My Son.
Subject: Good, but Overrated
Setlist (and marketing tactics) notwithstanding, this is a pretty good show. Very well-played first set. That said, Jer hit his latter-day peak a few months earlier... some of the musical and lyrical flubs in PITB-->UJB-->PITB are flat-out painful.
Subject: Unbelievable....is all I can say
I got into the dead in 1985, but didn't catch my first show till 87, saw a bunch, and then saw a bunch in 88 to. I did my first east coast tour summer of 88. I never thought i would get the chance ton see a darkstar. I ended up seeing 125+ shows from 87 to 94. My last run was the boston garden shows in 1994. The encore that night was broken-down palace and I knew it was over for me. The magic was just gone, and the scene just sucked....but speaking of magic these two shows that I got to see were just incredible. The band was firing on all cylinders. When they broke out darkstar the energy level in the place just went wild. I still didn't believe it was happening, I thought it was a teaser, until jerry started singing it. Incompletely lost it. It isn't even close to be the best darkstar, but it was a darkstar nonetheless. These two shows are magical. I'm only rating it a four star because for me to give a 5 star it has to be an extraordinary show from start to finish. If anyone wants a copy of this show, or any other for that matter just email me. I have well over a 1000 shows and it grows daily. I'm actually starting to get a collection of JGB also. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: WORTH THE JOB
I lived in Syracuse which is 800 miles away. I had heard the Dead were playing as the Warlocks and I was working Monday, and wondered how I could make Sunday night and return by Monday. Well, we drove all the way Without tickets (which we never did) and were well aware how difficult scoring a ticket was at Hampton. I had done all of the runs since 85 so I loved the place. However, I knew there was something special about these shows, so I had NO problem driving down for 1 show and come back on Monday. Who liked Monday shows right!
Saturday: A great start to the day, which was crisp and very cool for Hampton. WE HAVE NO TIX. Tons of people looking for tix. We see a Police car and a bunch of people are surrounding it. We walk up as close as we can and some guy is sitting in the back seat of the Squad car with the door open with a hundred tickets in his hand. All GRATEFUL DEAD mail order produced by Steve Marcus/Calico & Co. I actually bought two tickets for each night out of a back seat of a police car. That's was certainly my best experience that close to any cop car.
Show starts and is great! Second set comes around and I yell in my friend Heidi's ear that they are going to play help on the way-Slipknot and Franklins. Everyone overhear's me saying it and laughs. First note jerry makes HELP ON THE WAY. Well, enough to be said about the night before.
I decided I had to stay for MOnday's show, and would call my boss from the hotel in the morning and tell him I was sick.
Monday (today) I call my boss at 6:30 am and tell him I am sick and can't make it in. He tell's me that one of the guys heard I went to see a Dead show. He told me I had 1 hour to be in the office or I was FIRED. Well, we all know I am not making it home 800+ miles from Hampton Virginia in 1 hour. So I lost the job and preyed that tonight's show would be worth my job for the last 3 years. WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK`
I went into the show and ALL of You were there. Remember in the back of the tapers section on the floor we All sat and prepared for an incredible adventure. There were at least 20 Syracuse area people there and it seemed we were all strapped in and ready for a ride. I have seen the Band 500 times and this was the best Combined audience band experienced I have ever had. There are a few in the 80's that compare, but not for Music content, qaulity, etc. This has 5 stars for being an incredible experience.
Those who were not there, still say it was noisy and lame. That's because they only heard in on tapes. Believe me, many seasoned heads just could NOT make it to these shows as they were too much of a surprise on most people's itinerary.
Incredible breakouts of Dark Star, Death Don't have no Mercy and Attics of my life. 17+ years since this had been played which should be as significant as Dark Star.
The Air was Crackling with Energy that I swear you will never experience again in Rock and Roll. I am into all sorts of music and Phish could never in a million years bring me here. They don't have the routes and history and the power the Dead had. I compare bands like Phish to the Dead like our civilization now compared to Ancient Rome. The Dead are incredible.
I pretty much got off the bus by '78, and never thought the later stuff compared to anything from around 1974 or before- I STILL don't, mostly- but I gotta admit THIS IS THE SHIT. My favorite "DEATH DON'T" of all time!
Subject: Taking me back
I had the great luck of being at both Warlock shows that year. There are bad shows, good shows, and then there are magic shows. This was one of the magic ones. I so appreciate all the tapers who make it possible for me to revisit that AMAZING night. It lights it all up again. I just remember looking at everyone at the end of the second night. No one wanted to leave. We cheered and cheered. Cheering the band, cheering each other. I feel so blessed to have met the Dead. Be sure to check out the Morning Dew on Oct 8 (previous show). Out of the park. Work of art. Again thanks to all.
Note to self:
this show vibrates funny ... it has that journey element in it ... going through time and space ...
But dang ... I dug this show!!!!
Subject: Missed it by one day!!
Was at The Warlocks the night before. I told my friend that it had been 5 years since the last Dark Star and they would be playin' it soon. Had to go back for a test at school. Heard the set list after the test and I was livid for a few days. At least I caught the next one at Brendan Byrne (and many more). But nothing made up for missing this show...ever!!
Subject: Awesome show, Darkstar breakout!
This show is a later-day legend! It is a top five Mydland-era concert and really proves that the Dead were breaking out of a rut and exploring new territory. The energy and jamming are off the charts! Brent Mydland was an important part of the band and I believe he was motivating the other members, especially Garcia. This one is worth a listen!
Subject: so where'd you go after the show?
Disneyland! Where dreams come true... let me go get a tissue, and then a 40 some I can pour some liquor for all my dead hommies. Yup, I can imagine how life just lost its shine after a night like this. Kudos for toughing out for the childrens sake.
Alright-> Yes I agree amaxing second set... That first set sure had some eggs in it unfortunately. That built to last was, like kinda corny man, the horns the horns are calling.
Brother Esau1 -
Subject: RIPPING STREAMING FORMAT
Just download the MP3U VBR OPEN BY (DEFAULT IN WINAMP) AFTER EACH SONG CONNECTS TO THE ARCHIVE AND GOES THROUGH THE BUFFER PROCESS >>RIGHT CLICK THE SONG IN WINAMP PLAY LIST EDITOR AND SEND TO FORMAT CONVERTER (WAV FORMAT) AND IT WILL SAVE EACH SONG IN ITS OWN FOLDER. "VOILA" THATS HOW YOU SAVE TO HDD.
19 years ago today, i miss jerry:(
Subject: Oct. 89 was a monster
The reaction of the crowd to the DS is amazing, I couldn't even imagine how it must have felt to be there. The 2nd set has a great song combination including the return of dark star, and they are all well played. Such an important month for the Dead and after this the rumor mill definitely run'ith over in the parking lots for the next couple of tours.
A legendary show that definitely lives up to the hype.
66 Bonneville -
Subject: What did they play?!
As we filed out of this show the crowd was silent. A dude was walking up towards the doors hollering, "What did they play? What did they play?" Nobody had the heart to tell him. All at once, the whole first wave of near silent murmuring heads shuffling down the ramp turned, faced the coliseum and let out this humongous cheer.
It could have all ended right there for me, and I would have been satisfied, but I'm glad it went on.
Thanks to that truck driver who tipped us all off. There was virtually nobody on line for Tickets.
No regrets for all those tours for sure!
Subject: what a nite
from the moment that myself and four friends crammed into a beat vega stationwagon and miraculously made it from phila. to hampton ,we new magik was in the air ! and this show was MAGIK !!the electricty in general was strong just because we were seeing the "WARLOCKS" !Both nites the celebrations were hearty, both nites the crowd was pumped but when Phil hit those first few notes of DS ,we new we were living in a special moment of Dead history.a nite never to be forgotten .
I recall my friend Pat or Dave and I were on Long Island when we called the hotline. We raced to Hampton scored tix for both shows instantly. I'm pretty sure we expected a break out tune. If you were at these shows they rank in your top 5 i'm sure. The second set blew our minds ...serious. I was behind the drums with a great view of the crowd out front and the band too. It happened in waves that you can somewhat hear on the tapes. As the first notes of Dark Star are struck, the crowd goes nuts. Probably the tapers 1st, seeing that they know best right. Then the rest of us recognize. Cool. The Death Dont, on this night was erie and awesome. But I think the Attics really tore the lid off. Wasn't expecting that. As we exited the venue, it was like no comment needed to be made. We knew we witnessed something special that night. These shows set the tone for what I think are some of the Dead, with Brents best run. 1989 through Brents untimely death at the end of summer tour 1990. For some reason I also have this memory of some sick purple too!
Subject: my first show
10/08 was my first show.....I had just turned 17 in september.....and thats all I have to say about that..... Memories of the lot are vague. I did not get in this night but was there for the help slip. Something about an incident at a red carpet inn.... a side trip to some mountain with some crazy lesbians and a giant sack of funghi at this house where we we kept running in and out of the house from the lights to the darkness....back and forth....paisleys and fractals like you wouldnt beleive...everybody was on the same trip......this was the night we didnt get in. memories of a shopping mall near the coliseum some serious mucking about definitely transpired there......chris brocharts? orange bus.....thanks for the kip and the alpaca . This was definitely the most fun I have ever had in my life. it Simply cannot be matched. Thanks B. Painter wherever you are!
funny this run may be the best of the modern era
i was there and it was one of the top 5 shows i ever saw. except for garicas shitty horn e ffects ect. too bad for you as they say
Subject: darn I missed it
I remember when I heard the Dead were coming to Hampton under the disguise of their original name, The Warlocks. I said right then and there it would be something special. Just knew it would. But for some reason I cant possibly fathom, I didn't end up going. I saw the Hampton run in 88'. The middle night was my first show with the super-hot Scarlet/Fire. I saw most of the summer and fall tours of 88'. And a bunch of shows in 89'. But for some reason which I really cant even remember at this point, I didn't make it to this one, even though a bunch of my friends got tickets and went. As well as I can remember the reason I didn't go had something to do with my girlfriend and how she thought I was ruining my future by missing too much community college to go to all these shows. I was into her and was trying to take her advice etc. And I also remember the feeling I got when my friends returned and told me about the show. It was one of those gut-wrenching feelings like you know you missed a once in a lifetitme opportnity. Sure sure they played Dark Star again and I got to see it a few times before the end but it wasn't like this one. Every time I listen to the opening notes of DS on this show and hear the crowd it sends chills down my neck. And I should have been there and would have been there if it werent for a woman. O'well you live you learn. But as for the show....fantastic. Dark Star, Attics, just the whole thing. And this recording is crisp as a piece if rice paper. Unreal. Definitely a five-star the whole way round.
Subject: Greatful Dead
This show was really an unusual event for me. When I found out about the Dead playing there a friend of mine knew a girl whose father lived in Hampton. He stood in line to get tickets for me and my friend even though he didn't even know us. My friend played in a band and the local press in Charlotte, NC found out we were going and members of the Charlotte Observer newspaper went with us. It turned out good because they had back stage presses that we got. We went back stage during this show and the band came out on stage. We were able to walk right over and stand on the first row right in front of Phil. The show was real good and when the went into Dark Star I remember looking back to the crown juminng into the air in jubulation. It was unreal. I will never forget the Death Don't Have no Mercy of the Attics of My Life. It was a real fun time.
Subject: where has this show been all my life
Can't believe I've never heard this before. Death Don't Have No Mercy is smokin' and Brent just screams on Dear Mr. Fantasy. Playin > UJB > Playin > Darkstar is out of this world.
Subject: We Can Run
Man, I love me so Brent. I love that man.
Subject: Grate Show
I missed this show. My mother and I stood out to get tickets. I was 14 at the time. I was going to go because my step father had to work. There was a change of plans. I really did not care for them until the following year. I cannot believe I missed such a monumental show. Dark Star for g-d's sake after a 8 year lay-off.
Subject: I agree with BryanE
Absolutely!!! Or Jerry's lead in JackaRoe, or a ton of other incredible momments that happened all the way to the end, if perhaps with less frequency in the last few years...
Subject: Does It Get Any Better Than This?
For all who insist that their were no relevant performances after-what? 1978?-listen to Death Don't Have No Mercy, and admit how wrong you've been.
Subject: Video of this fine show
Check this out. Not the best video quality, but still damned awesome.
Subject: my first show - life never the same afterwards
I was in high school at the time - only fifteen, turning sixteen in a few weeks. Heard on the radio here in Richmond, VA that "Warlocks" tickets were going to be sold at the Richmond Coliseum. The announcer said that this was really the Dead, and you'd better hurry, 'cause they're going fast! When a friend and I got there, Sunday was already sold out - SHIT! OK, we'll "settle" for Monday night. Lime green tickets with The Warlocks in gold foil. I think this was the week previous, and boy was that a hard wait. My buddy's mom drove us down, dropped us at the mall across Mercury Blvd only about fifteen minutes before show time. Had no idea then about the lot scene... We went in, onto the floor just ahead of the sea of microphones and the SBD. Plenty of room. Someone gave us some little blue unicorns, the lights went down and things got crazy. The music was not only heard, but felt. I didn't feel right, but I didn't feel wrong, either. Spent most of the time looking up at the ceiling and the lights, and at one of the most beautiful girls I ever saw in my life - Elizabeth from Tappahannock - i'll never forget her occasionally touching my arm and saying "they're up there, on stage, not in the rafters". Little did she know it, but there was something up there in the rafters - I could see the music. At the break, several friends from school found us, they were pretty much in the same boat. Then to blow our minds, one of the teachers from our school walked by, looked at us, and said "you boys be safe," obviously he could see right through us. The lights went down again and the rest is history. I didn't know it at the time, but I witnessed perhaps the best show of the Dead's later career. I sensed that something monumental had happened, because afterwards, people were hugging each other and crying tears of joy. On the way out, the phones were packed with people - I remember one guy saying "Dark Star, man, Dark Star! I can't believe this just happened!" The ride home was done in utter silence, we'd just had it done to us good-fashioned. I was hooked from that point on, catching as many nights as possible. Although Sunday night was awesome as well, i'll always be thankful it sold out and we had to go on Monday night. My first night was a historic night. For the next six years, I caught almost every east-coast Dark Star, even the final in Atlanta 94. I always said that all of that energy at Hampton in 89 turned me into some kind of Dark Star magnet. Thanks to the band for providing me with years of enjoyment and memories. Every time I put this one on, i'm fifteen all over again and life will never be the same.
Subject: Warlocks and Brujos
Got to see jerry at hampton...never the dead. This is crystal SB (whatever you comuter wonks may have done to it...IRE!) If you like the dead...listen to this tape...
not the best energy from the boyz...but who am i to judge? --- worthy.
This is the first listen I've had of this show.
I saw most of the Hampton runs from '86 - '88 and they were always off the hook.
The parking lot was always crazy. I remember one show we went to my senior year of high school and we were flush with shrooms but nothin else. So they send me out to find some smoke - we're all still bug eyed and they're trying to prep me for the effort in the back of the car - I'm sittin there takin in all the advise, like, "Only ask the heads, man, don't talk to noone else," and "If you see a guy on a unicycle I know he's cool, talk to him,"..........
Long story short, I'm nervous as shit leavin the van, still trippin my nuts off.
Walk about ten feet, there's a guy sellin beers. I manage to mumble, "Got any smoke?" or something like that.
I'm back to the car in less than five minutes with a big 'ol bag. Everyone's jumpin up and down.
Damn those were great shows - great times.
Very sorry I missed the '89 run. The folks sent me off to rehab that summer. Then I moved out to Hawaii and all I saw was JGB at the band shell the whole time I was there.
But northern VA, late '80s - that was a good time.
Grateful A/C -
Subject: Strange memories
Drove from south Fla. on a rumor. Hit town and scores 2 for 2nd nite. Police and security was brutal. In parking lot hangin out in my bus a head that looked like a mushroom pops in and splits an oz of mushrooms up and says he will be just a second folks and as fast as he arrived he was gone. Another head so spaced out stumbles by and falls on my BBQ, burns the piss out of himself and ruined my burgers. Then a chick walks up and wants us to tell us if her tits look ok. Pulls a big set out and jiggles them. We comfirm they are nice she hugs us and leaves. I know this is going to be a good show. I remember Brent wailling and I do mean wailling on Little Red Rooster, his face was red and veigns popping out of his neck slamming the keyboard, Dark star very nice surprise people were jummpin and dancin so hard it was almost like a slam dance pit. Then for encore Attics Of My Life. Very nice except for some collage kid next to me with his arms in the air SCREAMING on the top of his lungs so loud I had to get away from him. What a good, unexpected, and eventfull show alot of laughs home. Thank you archives.
Subject: Why the track at once
The silent pauses between songs leaves something to be desired. Not necessary, and definitely inappropriate given the continuous nature of play during most of the show (particularly Second Set)
That being said, hard to complain about a show like this one. Had just "stepped off the bus" when the Warlocks shows came around. These are the two shows during my touring era that I wish I hadn't missed.
Subject: bt.etree version
to codrain85. You can't burn this version, its streaming format only. There is a killer version of this show available now at bt.etree.org. Sbd too.
Subject: Playin intro is cut. Perhaps 2-3 seconds missing. WTF?
Great show, unacceptable cut at the beginning of set 2. My cassette SBD that's collecting dust in a box is uncut. What gives? Cuts and splices are common with respect to older shows, but 1989, come on. This is perhaps the GD's best post retirement show and I'm tempted not to burn this copy because of the untimely flaw.
Subject: Best of the Best
My friends knocked on my window at 2:30 in the morning the night before the show and on a whim I hopped into the car because, hey, it was advertised as the Warlocke! No ticket and not much money. Spent the day fruitlessly seeking a ticket and not finding one. About 10 minutes before show time a guy with a GD Productions laminate came up to us and sold our entire gang (6 people) tickets for $20 a piece. Best investement I've ever made. Nothing I can say about the show that hasn't been said below. I weasled my way onto the floor at the start of the second set and was standing about 20 feet from Jerry when the Dark Star exploded. Wow! The strange thing is that I remember the floor as being somewhat un-crowded and pogoing like I was at a Ramones show when the first bass lines for Dark Star thumped out of Phil's bass. Nevertheless the Attics made the show for me; I was humming it for weeks after. I ran across a bootleg video of this show several years later, copied it and lost in in a move. If anyone has it, drop me a line. Enjoy the show.
Subject: "Death DOn't Have No Mercy" rocks!
This version of "Death Don't Have No Mercy" is f***ing great! I nearly fell off my chair. I haven't heard anything else that compares. The Dark Star is also excellent. Especially surprising, considering it was 89.
The first verse of jack-a-roe is missing(aud source is intact) but the splice is seamless. This was the first time most of us had heard the full blown midi sound and there were moments during both nights that were stunning. A kind of organic, bone marrow infusion of sound...absorbed through the pores. Could have been my imagination, who knows. Anyone else hear Bobby strumming Bertha at the end of Throwin Stones just before Good Lovin'?
Subject: God, how I wish I'd been there!!
I think everyone knows about this show by now. Everyone's heard of the famous "Warlocks" show with the breakout of Dark Star and Attics. Certainly, this is one of the all-time shows, up there with anything from 69, 73, 77, etc., even though some of the playing in the first set sounds a little sloppy, (not to mention the awful chord early in UJB), and Jerry is way too low in the mix at the end of TMNS.
Fortunately, the mix improves for the second set. The Playin'>UJB>Playin'>Dark Star gets most of the attention, but check out the Death Don't! The singing is so powerful, so emotional, that even Jerry's wailing lead doesn't match the vocal intensity. This version is right up there with any performance of this song from 68-69, maybe better! The gorgeous Attics encore, sung nearly perfectly and almost entirely by Jerry and Brent, is another highlight.
Long, long, crazy, crazy night!
Subject: OFF DA HOOK!!!
A good buddy of mine and fellow HEAD was at this show and would never shut-up about it....until now I have only heard snippets via a shitty cassette recording...you knew it was a special show but it never really sunk in....., the energy and vibes are screaming through my speakers......
Subject: Memphis Blues
That's as far as I've gotten and this show has blown me away already. The best Memphis I have ever heard. Bobby's vocals are screaming, Brent tears it up and the entire band is in perfect harmony. Amazing. Thanks for this show!
This show is truly worthy of 5 stars. Not just for the bust-outs (Dark Star and Attics), but b/c there was magic this night. "Stranger" appears on Without a Net.
Trannyman: I would say that Spring and Summer 89 were some of the best Brent era Dead shows ever, not just Fall 89. Just my opinion though.
Subject: too much hiss!
if you don't care about sound, go ahead and download, one of the best shows ever. way too much hiss for me.
show is definately a 5
Subject: Lives up to the hype
Sure, all of the break-outs and secret shows. The shows could have been standard fare, but they are not. This one is awesome. Has to be one of the best modern era Dark Stars, despite being the first one played starting in 89. Playin is epic. Easily one of the best 89 shows, which was a fairly normal year until this tour.
Subject: still hurts...
It still hurts that I missed this one...
Four star recording, but what can you say about the show itself...5 stars all day long. Fantastic energy!
You better get it...
Project J.A.M. -
Subject: "Hey man, you got your Attics!"
I was one of the lucky few thousands that was at this monster show, and along with the birth of my baby girl, it is the memory that I will cherish most of all for the rest of my life. I have certainly never been to any live concert that comes close to equaling the experience.
It was the fall semester of my junior year at Penn State in 1989, and my buddy Mike and I heard about the "stealth" Warlocks shows from the daughter of a woman that lived in State College who used to date Rob Wasserman and was friendly with Bob Weir. We immediately agreed that there was obviously no option other than scraping together every dime we could and heading down to Hampton for the shows.
We got to the 10/8 show at around five o clock that afternoon, and no tickets were to be found. They had sold out, and nobody kicked us any down in the lot. We missed 10/8. I was bummin', coming all the way down with no tix for either show was starting to seem like a big mistake. But later that night we spied a trailer set up at the far end of the parking lot outside the venue, with about fifty or so Heads lined up outside it. It turned out they were selling tickets for the 10/9 show. Both Mike and I scored tix and our outlooks suddenly changed mightily. Those lime green beauties with the "Warlocks" in gold embossed lettering were a joy to behold.
While the show was on that first night, I remember coming upon a pretty young thing hanging by a fountain right outside the Coliseum. We could hear the faint strains of Help->Slip echoing from inside the venue, and she was in tears that she couldn't get inside the show that night. I comforted her by saying that we were both going in tomorrow night, and that was going to be the big show anyway. I had no idea how prophetic my words were.
We couldn't afford a hotel room, so we partied in the streets all night long. As soon as they allowed cars back in the lot, around 8am or so, we pulled in and I sat myself down at the front of the line that had already started to form at the yellow police tape about 100 yards away from the Coliseums entrance. This was a general admission show and I wanted prime position on the floor. The ten or so hours before they let us in the venue flew by, and my perserverence paid off. I wound up in the best spot I could imagine when they let us in: right in front of the stage, smack dab in the middle of Jerry and Bob. When the band took the stage, the boys were clearly in a fantastic mood. Phil was all smiles, pointing, laughing, and waving at people in the crowd. The first set smoked, but was not exactly mind blowing. Other than the phenominal Stranger ("long, long, crazy, crazy tour," classic Brent!) the Row Jimmy and Jack A Roe, there weren't really any songs that I was completely stoked to see. It certainly didn't give us any indication as to the history making set that was to come.
In between sets a mop topped Deadhead with a spiral bound notebook and pen in hand came by, interviewing folks and asking them what they thought was going to be played in the second set. I had heard about a week before that the band had been soundchecking Attics out west, and I had a strong feeling that this was going to be the breakout. When I told him my prediction, I remember getting a strange look of disbelief as he moved on. I also remember there was someone up in the lighting catwalks high above the stage with a laser pointer, and he had it right on my chest in between sets. I grinned and waved at him and he moved it along to others around me.
The boys came out for set two and we were blown away early. Playin was funky and amazing, the Uncle John's perfect with sweet harmonies slipping quickly into psychedelic scary jamming back into the Playin reprise. When those opening notes of Dark Star thundered out, I started jumping up and down like a pogo stick. I literally jumped out of my shoes. My buddy Mike had his hands on my shoulders behind me, and if he hadn't held me down I probably would have shot right out the roof of the arena like a rocket ship. Drums and Space were perfectly appropriate, and the Death Don't brought down the explosive energy in a haunting and profound manner. Fantasy->Jude, Throwin Stones, Good Lovin' brought us back to the standard set closers of this era with nice energy and a crowd pleasing finish. The encore was as beautiful an experience as I think I've ever had. I can't find the words to express what a moment it was for me. It's such a gorgeous, meaningful song, Hunter/Garcia at their poetic, melodic best. And the boys nailed it tonight.
After the show, everyone was stunned and drained. As the crowd was letting out of the arena, I saw the guy that took my prediction in between sets, and he pointed at me saying, "Hey man, you got your Attics!" I grinned back at him ear to ear. I sure had.
Thank you, archive, for providing access for
all to enjoy this incredible, once in a lifetime performance. Thank you Jerry and the Dead for making it happen.
Subject: must have
Not much to add to the other reviews...but it's the best Memphis Blues and Dear Mr. Fantasy I've EVER heard.
First dadrkstar since 84. And what a darkstar it is.
Subject: Is it just me?
Or is Bobby mixed way up on this show...or at least this recording? Of all the shows I've collected, I can't think of another one where I was so aware of his playing. For example, if you listen "The Music Never Stopped", Bobby's rhythm work is much more prominent than Jerry's leads and fills. A great show, and a real plus if you've really wanted to know what Bobby was doing under all that magnificent playing Jerry gave us all those years.
Subject: Memphis Blues...
great stoey b ythe previous poster...anyway, yes high profile gig, but all the overlooked tunes are hot, for me the mephis blues bobby is super rockstarbobby. ramble on rose jerry has the midi workin nice...classic show, first set is equally as hot as the second...
Subject: When the dust settled...
The music in this show is well played but not "the best show ever". Not even the best show musically on the fall tour (I'd say a four out of five). I haven't downloaded this version as I have master FOB's so I can't comment on the sound quality. What is most unique about this show and what makes it one of the best Dead shows to have attended was after the gig (aside from the breakouts of course). When the encore finished, the crowd died down to near silence. We dare not ask for more, that would be way too tacky after what they just gave us. The lights came on and we erupted in thunderous applause. We were cheering each other for being there. Everywhere you looked people were hugging, high 5ing, crying with joy...truely sick. I packed up my stuff and rushed out to call in the bad news to a friend in Massachusetts that could'nt make it. As I came out of the coliseum (a beautiful building from the outside yet a skanky sweat dripping dump on the inside...great sound though) you could hear waves of crowd spilling out screaming, roaring...I have never seen nor heard anything like it. As I got to the entrance of the parking lot, a good 200 yards away, a cop grabbed me by the arm and said "what the Hell is going on over there?". I said "history was made tonight, history!"
Five stars for the experience.
touch heads rule -
The death is amazing. Very good first set and the set list in the second is stronger than the actual playing. Worth the download for the breakouts, but keep in mind the they are rusty versions.
Subject: ya had to be there
my buddy and i went to these shows with no tickets.A practice i never did.If i did not have a ticket,i would not go,but we heard through the grapevine that the Dead were playing Hampton as the Warlocks.When we arrived,we got tickets in two minutes.Most pepole thought these shows were a joke.That they would not happen.......NO JOKE.The Star Breakout was Great....but the PLAYING IN THE BAND WAS THE HIGHLIGHT FOR ME.I saw a Star in 84 so while it was great that they broke it out,the playing in the band jam is Just perfect GD!OH YEh...nobody mentions the ATTICS BREAK OUT!!!..i just did!///nice!
Subject: Long long crazy crazy Tour
forget TGIF....its TGFBM Thank God For Brent Mydland.
Subject: Favorite Playin of the 80s/90s
This show has always been known for the return of Dark Star, but the Playin was simply out of this world. Jerry switches around to at least 3 or 4 different sounds during the jam that just blow your mind. You had a feeling it was going to be a special 2nd set starting with that great Playin.
Subject: Dark Star Returns
Excellent Quality, Excellent Setlist, Excellent Playing......I can only imagine what it felt like to hear Dark Star start up...after all those years, it must have been quite spectacular.
Subject: Yo, The Show Sounds Off The Hook
This concert sounds so amazing. The quality is ridiculous. The set list is a work of art, and I love the BUILT TO LAST!!!!!!!!! Recomended to All!!!!!
THE BEST GRATEFUL DEAD SHOW POSSIBLY EVER!
I saw the roff come off the ceiling this night and Phil took over the controls of the *spaceship* we really went somewhere this night!
I think only the people who were there and lucky enough to be *there* can really grasp what happened. But DAMN do the tapes and videos do it justice.I will remember this night forever.
Allison Hellar miss ya!!Virigina
Subject: A parallel universe
This show is outstanding. That said I had two versions of it, one an amazing SDB, the other an equally unbelieveable audience and I have to admit, the vibe of the audience was bordering on surreal and I prefer that. This show in particular holds special memories as I was driving from Tahoe Donner to Tahoe city when I popped set 2 of the audience version into the car for the first time and drove in a white out blizzard to see Leftover Salmon playing at Humpties, needless to say, in that car, with this energizing show, it was like altered states when darkstar came on, the crowd is in ecstasy, elated, not unlike the Floyd orgasm, I felt connected to that parallel universe forever more, indellibly etching my memory...for the better.
Subject: gdlive dies
now that gdlive is no longer updating shows ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ an event that i used to anticipate ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ this is the primary source of the warlocks. some of the songs, memphis blues in particular, do not download well from gdlive.
thank you archive well, thank you patrons. if you are seeking 10-9-89 with any question in your mind, well then, it may not have been for you in the first place. this (as well as 10-16-89, 10-26-89 and some alpine dates) is as good as the late-80s gets.
of those of us who were in attendance, we pinched ourselves while there to make sure it was happening, and then were reminded of hampton '86: "it's all a dream we dream long ago."
bolo the supreme hypnocrat -
Subject: My Last Show...
This wonderful run (well...ok, two show run...) at Hampton was the last time I saw the Grateful Dead. I had just flown back into Norfolk after one of the few leaves from the Navy I took without going on tour. I was dejectedly winding my weary way back to the base when a very confused announcer on the radio said that he didn't know this band, but that the Warlocks were playing Hampton Coliseum. A rather large smile plastered its way onto my face and I nearly wrecked getting to the nearest ATM.
When tickets went on sale, I decided not to play it safe and just go when the store opened. There were only about 30 of us in the lot and I knew most of them. This was going to be absolutly wonderful.
Was it? Well, all you need to do is take a listen. Only the second kamakazie show ever and what did they give us?...The first Dark Star since '84 and the first Attics since '72!!! Jerry was still nominally healthy and the rest of the boys...well, ever since the summer tour of '88 they had been tighter than a Haliburton stock option on Nov. 3, and (did I really just write that?...) Just listen. I promise a smile. And that's what it's all about, isn't it!
Epic in song and sound.
The epic Playin>Uncle>Playin>Dark Star>Drumz>Space>Death Don't is worth sitting through if you have the patience and the time.
This show is ranked #1 in Deadbase for 1989. DOWNLOAD IT and see why
Subject: Important Show
This show should be in everyones collection. I have had it since '90 and have played it ever since. Playing is super and the breakouts alone make it a piece of history. Sound quality has a quirk in that the kick drum is really up front in the mix, especially during the Death Don't, but still overall a good sound.
1st set is solid and has the Stranger from "With Out a Net". The 2nd set is all highlites in particular the Playin>UJB>Playin>Dark Star segment. The post drums is just as great with the Death Don't a unique pairing of TS>Good Lovin' and the Attics encore.
If you don't have this one stop what you are doing now and download.
Subject: I found it!
Wow! I finally found this show. I had this one in my collection many years ago, and although I wasn't yet going to shows in '89, the energy of the crowd as they broke out dark star for the first time in several years was really something! I am very pleased with the sound quality of the show. Although I am not usually a proponent of audience recordings over soundboards, for the sole purpose of experiencing that deafening roar of ecstacy, could anyone upload an audience? I imagine this show just got posted, seeing all of the comments in the last week. I love this site!
KEEP IT ALIVE GUYS!
Subject: One deadhead's Holy Grail
Formerly The Warlocks - 10/9/89
I was first 'turned on' to the Grateful Dead very late one night listening to WREK Georgia Tech in Atlanta in 1974 when the DJ played the Live Dead Dark Star and my life was changed. I got on a bus that I had not even seen come by yet!
For the next 15 years I attended Grateful Dead shows and Jerry shows hoping to hear them play Dark Star, but never succeeded. Until this night.
Listen to the crowd go wild at the first notes. Sustained roaring for several minutes. Obviously alot of other folks were also really needing to hear this breakout of a tune not played in several years.
The midi-spaces during Playing In The Band, during the Dark Star, and leading into drumz never had more 'out-there' energy. The Death Don't Have No Mercy contained Brent's best organ solo ever imho, and Jerry's final phrases to conclude the cosmic journey of this song and the whole powerful section of this set from the Dark Star thru Death seemed like putting the lid back on Pandora's box of the mysteries of life and the Grateful Dead revealed to the faithfull during this show.
And then the desert to cap it all off - the first Attics of My Life played in 18 years as the encore.
Those within the magical Hampton Coliseum this night would never forget this show. I drove back home, 500 miles the same night after the show, occasionally checking behind me to make sure the holy grail, the quest of my dead career, was still safely riding with me.
And so it was.
Subject: 10/9/89 forever
I never understood why 10/16 got released and this one did not. I mean you just could not believe this place when the first notes of Dark Star were played. It was an electric night. And I KNOW it was not just me!
Subject: Just like hitting the lottery
Read my comments...from the 8th. This show was the biggest thing in Grateful Dead land since Jerry comming back from his coma. The whole show was great but the return of Dark Star ushered in the great golden age of the Grateful Dead. What can you say about a show when they kick off the second set with Playing!! Often overlooked was the post drumz. Fantasy> Hey Jude. What about the sick Death Don't. Finally the joyous Good Lovin!
For all of us who continued on this amazing tour, what a story we all had to share with the rest of the Grateful Dead nation!! Thanks archive!!!
Bayonne Glenn -
Subject: The greatest non-surprise gratefully awaited
this is one of the tightest show of the Brent era and more important is it brought back Dark star that was never t disappear again(as was help/slip/frank the night before}.this was rumored as soon as it was announced they would be preforming as the Warlocks for 2 shows only! 2 minutes into the second set you would think you were at the big jam that woud be right before drums.I was the first and probablly the best of the 89 /90 Dark stars before brents untimley death (with the meadowlands and Nassau shows running a close second) a must have!!!!!
Ps the only reason the dead did not release this show was the fact they released the 10/16 show and would not then release another show only a week before. quality is excellent thank you guys for making another classic availble for everyone to enjoy!!!!!!!
Subject: Are you kidding me.......
one of the best shows ever from the 80's/90's. Doesn't have the crazy Jerry licks from the early 80's but offers in ways the shows from the earlier years don't.
Massive Playin/UJB. The Dark Star....what can you say..MIDI sound at its best. I'm surprised this show hasen't been released by the boys themselves.
If for some reason you pulled a Rip Van Winkle and just woke up to the Dead....GET THIS SHOW !!!